Renaming Ryerson will only cover up Canada’s ugly past: Wright

July 18, 2017

“The push among social justice advocates to erase the names of those involved in unsavoury parts of Canadian history is a misguided way to deal with our past,” writes Angela Wright for CBC. Wright highlights recent calls to rename Ryerson University as an example of how social justice advocates risk erasing Canada’s colonial past when the goal is to call attention to it. Wright argues that if Ryerson were given a new name, the school “would no longer have to make a statement about or acknowledge Egerton Ryerson’s legacy and influence. The conversation would disappear.” Wright offers suggestions on how institutions across Canada can better highlight the colonial impact of historical figures without “stripping away reminders” of this history. CBC